Shop and Support deadline May 4

Buy pre-paid “gift cards” for a whole host of name retailers. They never expire and you get the full value for the amount you buy. The retailer, in turn, pays a percentage (from 2 to 10%) of the value to the Legion. The next deadline for Shop and Support gift cards is Sunday, May 4. Make a cheque out to RCL Branch 187. Or, go on-line at

Flags fly half-staff to honour Battle of Vimy Ridge

COLBORNE — Flags in Cramahe Township will be flying at half-staff on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, to mark the anniversary of the World War I Battle of Vimy Ridge.

In Colborne, flags at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 187, 92 King S. E., the Cramahe Township municipal office, Toronto Rd., and at the municipal kiosk at Hwy. 401 and Percy St. S. will be lowered.

Many historians and writers consider the Canadian victory at Vimy Ridge a defining moment for Canada, when the country proved itself internationally as an entity. It was a victory at a terrible cost with 11,285 killed and wounded. The battle raged from April 9-12, 1917.

In 1922, the French government ceded to Canada in perpetuity Vimy Ridge and the land surrounding it. The white marble sculptures of the Vimy Memorial, unveiled in 1936, stand as a poignant reminder of the Canadian soldiers killed in France who have no known graves.

For insight, read “The Stone Carvers” by Canadian author and Colborne resident Jane Urquhart

Roast beef’s ready Apr. 4!

Roast beef’s ready! The monthly Roast Beef Dinner is being served 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 4. Just $12 per person, the meal includes home-cooked roast beef, mashed potatoes, two veg, gravy, soup, bread, tea and coffee and, for dessert, Lotsastuff Cake.

Zone public speaking contest winners announced

COLBORNE — Young people have things to say and a crowd of 120-plus gathered to hear what 27 young people representing 10 Legion branch sponsors had to say at the Legion Zone F2 Public Speaking Competition Mar. 29.
“Wow! In all my years of going to these competitions, never have I seen such a wide variety of topics, wonderfully presented to a captivated audience,” Marlene Harnden, Zone F2 Youth Education Chair says.
Participants came from Trenton, Frankford, Campbellford, Warkworth, Brighton, Colborne, Grafton, Cobourg, Port Hope and Bewdley areas.
In the Primary class, Grades 1-3, first place went to Paige Griffiths (My Favourite Teacher) of St. Mary’s Elementary School, Grafton; second place, Taylor Walsh (Career of a Firefighter) of Percy Centennial Public School, Warkworth; and third place to Grace Greene (Happy, the Miracle Dog) of Sacred Heart School, Frankford.
Other Primary participants were: Kira Salto, Ken Public School, Campbellford; Tristan van den Heuvel, North Hope Central Public School, Garden Hill; Nash Kenley, St. Mary’s Catholic School, Trenton; and Chad Hadwen, Notre Dame School, Cobourg.
In the Grades 4-6 Junior class, first place went to Aidan Hussey (Why You Should Choose To Say No To Smoking) of Brighton Public School. Second place winner was Wyatt Brown (Being Left-handed in a Right-handed World) of Burnham Public School, Cobourg. Third place was a tie between Stephen Dodgson (Wakeboarding) of Percy Centennial Public School, Warkworth and Sarah Prins (Living on a Dairy Farm) of Trenton Christian School.
Other Junior participants were: Eeric McLean, Northumberland Hills Public School, Castleton; Jack Griffiths, St. Mary’s Elementary School, Grafton; Matthew Doherty, St. Mary’s Elementary School, Campbellford; Holly Robinson, St. Anthony’s Elementary School, Port Hope; and Brooke Lynne Sargent, Sacred Heart Elementary School, Frankford.
In the Grades 7-8 Intermediate class, first-place winner was Simon Hawes (Nagging Parents) of Frankford Public School; second place to Roisin Gibson (Making a Difference) of St. Mary’s Elementary School, Grafton. There was another tie for third place: Stephen Spencer (Diabetes) of Kent Public School, Campbellford, and Hailey Dulmage (Suicide) of Northumberland Hills Public School, Castleton.
Other Intermediate participants were: Olivia Wilson, Dr. Hawkins Public School, Port Hope; William Grinton, Goodwin Learning Centre, Brighton; Jonathan Fawcett, Murray Centennial Public School, Trenton; and Benjamin Storm, C. R. Gummow Public School, Cobourg.
In the Grade 9-10 Senior class, first place was awarded to Judith Murtha-Anderson (The United Nations and the Fight to Eradicate Child Labour/Improve Access to Education) of East Northumberland Secondary School, Brighton.
The first place winners now advance to the District level of competition.
Legion Branch Youth Education Chairs in attendance were as follows: David Harnden of Br. 580 Grafton; Betty Lamble and Arlene Pettipas of Br. 30 Port Hope; Astrida Chalmers-Jenkinson of Br. 100 Brighton; and Tracy Singleton of Br. 187 Colborne. Zone F2 Commander Don Ramsey attended opening ceremonies.

Eight-ball fun pool tourneys Sundays in April

Because pool has become a great pastime at the Colborne Legion after the rebuilding of our tables, and because people want to play competitively more than once a month, we’ve upped the opportunity play — and win! Throughout the month of April every Sunday afternoon, everyone is welcome to participate in eight-ball pool fun tournament play at the Colborne Legion (except for April 13, our annual Honours and Awards fiesta!).
There are cash prizes to be won for first-, second- and third-place finalists.
Sign in at 11:30 a.m. for the random pairing of partners. Registration is $7 per person. A lunch is available for $3. Play begins at 12 noon on the two pool tables in the club room.
For more information or to pre-register, call the Legion and register with the bar steward: 905.355. 5479.